Overseas data roaming
Tan Ming Sin
21 June 2012 – At Mobile Asia Expo, a solution has arrived for those outrageous mobile data roaming charges. More than 20 global operators pledged to make the overseas data roaming charges easier to understand and transparent to subscribers to avoid the event known as “bill shock”. One of the measures agreed is to inform subscribers via text messages the data roaming tariffs upon their arrival in another country. Secondly, there will be limited data roaming. The last one is to temporary suspending users roaming data when they exceed the limit.
Currently 24 operators have signed up for this scheme. Operators involved in this first phase include América Móvil, AT&T, Axiata Group, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom-Orange, Hutchison 3 Group, KT, MTS, Qtel, SK Telecom, Smart Communications, SoftBank, Tata Teleservices, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telekom Austria Group, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, Verizon Communications, VimpelCom and Vodafone Group.
GSMA aims to sign up all 800 operators worldwide into this scheme.